Tournament Pet Mods Premier League II - Commencement Thread

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Welcome to the second edition of the Pet Mods Premier League! A team tournament which brings together many corners of the Pet Mods universe to battle each other out.

This year's edition of PMPL is brought to you by DuoM2, Paulluxx and Rezzo!

PMPL II will consist of the following teams:

:tropius: United Tropius Company: Gekokeso & woo

:regice: Workers Union of Gensokyo: anaconja & adem

:dachsbun: Dave's Dachsbuns: Leru & Stone Cold

:urshifu: Close Combat Comrades: Paulluxx & Jimothy Cool

:tinkaton: Think-A-Ton Crew: Lord Zorz & Sticky Fingaaa

:gourgeist: Phantomire Gourgeists: Copen & (TTTech & zxgzxg)
Manager Self-Buys:

United Tropius Company: Gekokeso, woo

Workers Union of Gensokyo: anaconja

Close Combat Comrades: Paulluxx, Jimothy Cool

Think-A-Ton Crew: Sticky Fingaaa

Phantomire Gourgeists: TTTech, zxgzxg

Team Player Retains:

Close Combat Comrades: Quantum Tesseract

The tiers this year are:
  • Megas for All OU
  • Hoenn Gaiden OU
  • Fusion Evolution SV
  • More Balanced Hackmons
  • Alternatium EX
  • Burgundy
  • Joltemons
  • Crystal: Sevii Islands
Player sign-ups will commence in this dedicated thread: https://www.smogon.com/forums/threads/pet-mods-premier-league-ii-player-sign-ups.3720330/

When a prospective player signs up, they are expected to also note which tiers they are interested in playing during the tournament. In order to ensure the best possible experience for yourself, the managers, and your team, please do NOT sign up for any tier you are unwilling to play. If you would not seriously consider playing that tier in a tournament environment, do not list it. The tiers you put down in your signup are not binding for the entire tournament, but they will affect how your prospective manager sees you, and as such they should be as accurate to your skillset as possible. Don't make joke posts about playing tiers you do not care for.

Please familiarise yourself with the Tournaments Rules and General Guidelines.

General PMPL Rules & Regulations (borrowed and modified from SPL's guidelines)

The General Manager of a team is essentially the boss of a team. The GM is the final word in all decisions (barring the hosts) regarding his team. The GM decides which players play on the team, who plays in what position, and even handles the team finances. Managers also make sure that the team keeps running on a day to day basis. If a team fails to complete their matches by the end of the allotted time, the onus is on the manager to inform the hosts as to what happened in order to make sure that proper activity calls are made.

Because of these responsibilities, The General Manager is probably the most important part of the team. As such, the position of GM is not one to be taken lightly.

General Managers are chosen largely on a subjective opinion of the Tournament Hosts as to who they believe would be fit for the position. Being fit for the position includes the knowledge of excellent battlers in the community (for fielding a competent team), having above average activity on the forums, Pokémon Showdown and/or Discord (in order to ensure that you don’t abandon your team), as well as possessing a necessary amount of “gravitas” (If you can’t make a player do what you tell them to, such as play an undesirable metagame, you’re not going to make a good manager).

General Managers are required to acquire one Assistant Manager. The Tournament Director team can veto the selection of an assistant manager, but will not require the General Manager to choose any particular user as their Assistant Manager. The assistant manager is essentially the second in command for the team. They have almost all of the functions and roles as the General Manager does, the GM just trumps him in head-to-head decisions.

Lastly, the General Manager has the following duties:

• They shall choose one Assistant Manager.
• They shall make the hosts aware of any player retentions by the time player signups close (48 hours prior to the start of the auction).
• They shall be present at the live auction, or appoint someone (preferably the Assistant Manager or a retained player if the AM is unavailable) to participate in the live auction in their stead.
• They shall send the hosts weekly rosters.
• They shall ensure to the best of his/her abilities that his/her battlers complete their matches on time.
• In the event that a match fails to be completed, they shall inform the hosts as to why the match failed to be completed, and what his/her battler did in order to finish the match.
• They shall communicate any grievances with the hosts.
All players must sign up if they wish to play in the PMPL (Pet Mods Premier League), even those who will eventually be retained to their past teams. It is important to note that the PMPL will last for at least 8 weeks, and that the activity level of a player is significant. Do not sign up to play for a team if you do not intend to see the tournament through to the end. This includes maintaining a competitive attitude if your team is already eliminated from playoff contention. You never know whether or not winning your end-season matches will make you a more valued player next season, so even if your team isn’t necessarily in the playoff picture anymore, there’s always value in playing your best. Failure to complete matches in a timely manner consistently may result in being barred from entering the PMPL in future seasons.
Total money for teams is TBD based on player signups

In the weeks preceding the live auction, a time will be chosen by all of the General Managers to meet and perform a live auction in order to choose players. Managers will be expected to remain at the auction for the entire duration, which should take approximately 2-3 hours. This will be scheduled at times to best accommodate all managers.

Once a time is set, all managers + the hosts will enter the place where the auction will be held - likely the Dragonheaven server. Spectators are allowed to join in to watch the fun unfold, but will not be able to speak. Discussion on the bidding at hand should be relegated to the Lobby chatroom or any other appropriate chat outlet.

The hosts will first ask a team to nominate a player. The order by which teams will nominate players will go in a snaking pattern from the highest ranked team from last year to the lowest ranked team (random for new teams / managers) then the lowest ranked team to the highest ranked team. The hosts will then tell the details of said player and bidding will commence, starting at 3000 credits, with the nominating team automatically placing the first bid. The auction will then be in real time. Managers will simply put in their bids in the chat, raising a minimum of 500 credits. If after 15 seconds there are no new bids, the player is sold to the highest bid in the channel. The hosts or utilized bot will provide a 5 second warning before bidding is closed on a player. The updated credit totals will then be posted and then the next manager in the rotation will be prompted to nominate a player.

Managers are advised that placed bids are final, and we will generally not permit an undo in the case of a mistake. Exceptions can be made in cases where a team nominates an incorrect player or if a typo in a bid amount would threaten the integrity of the team as a whole. Please make sure to double check your bids before sending them!

Managers are asked to please have a predetermined list of players you intend to nominate as well as potential bid caps, in order to make the process go as quickly and seamlessly as possible.

Managers: it is necessary for you to field a roster to have starters for all slots and a minimum of 3 substitutes, with a maximum of 10 substitutes being allowed of which all must be paid at least 3000 credits. This creates a soft cap of 90,000 credits on any particular bid - that is, the maximum amount of money you can spend on any one player and still have enough money left over to pay at least 3000 credits a piece on 10 more players. This is based on the assumption that the credit cap per team is decided to be 120,000 credits once sign-ups have closed.

Remember that there are midseason free agent pick-ups. It may be beneficial to save some credits in order to pick up players midseason, but remember that no new players will be allowed to sign up for the midseason draft.
It is at this time that the tournament will commence. The league stages consist of a Round Robin tournament. Every team will face every other team once through 5 weeks of play. Each manager will submit to the hosts a roster no later than the deadline of the previous week. This roster will list the starting players and what metagames they will play.

When the week starts, teams' players will face off in their respective metagames / tiers. The M4A OU 1 from Team A will face the M4A 1 from team B, FE team A will face FE team B, and so on. Whichever team wins the most battles will be declared the victor for the week. Rather than score based on how many individual battles a team wins, the primary thing that matters is who beat the most teams. As such, points are awarded based only on wins and losses versus teams as a whole, not individual players. Beating a team in a week’s matchups is worth two points, tying with a team is worth one point, and losing is worth none, simple as that. At the end of the round robin, the top four teams in the points proceed to the playoffs and will be seeded into a knock-out style bracket where they will face off until only one team remains.

There are a few regulatory things during the league stages that need to be outlined.

1. Substitutes – At any point in time during the week, a team may make a substitution for a currently slotted player. In order to do this a manager must post in the thread, tagging the hosts, the opposing managers and the opposing player stating which player is substituting out, and which player is substituting in. A player that has substituted out for a week cannot be substituted back in. In addition, in order to catch any attempts at garnering favorable matchups, all substitutions are subject to veto by the hosts if the substitution is suspected to be attempting to “game” the system.

2. There will be no trades allowed at any point during PMPL.

3. Activity decisions – There are inevitably times where two players simply fail to complete a match; however, the nature of the tournament system sometimes makes it advantageous to purposely fail to play (such as when a team is up 6-5 in a week). Because of this, it is necessary to make activity decisions on matches. Hosts are required to make thorough investigations regarding each and every potential failed match during a week. If both parties are deemed to be equally apathetic or enthusiastic about getting the match done, but just have not had the opportunity to make it happen, the match will result in a no contest. However, if it is deemed that one party made significantly more effort than the other in attempting to get the match done, then a win will be awarded to that player. Things that will make it very likely that you will lose via activity include: failing to VM your opponent immediately upon the week’s start, scheduling a match and being documented as missing the match time, failing to provide any concrete times for which you can be reached, failing to respond to an opponent’s VM at all. Please be certain to review the guidelines for a favorable judgement in an activity decision. Note that this is a tournament that requires a very high level of activity and diligence, if you don’t think you can get your matches done, quite simply don’t sign up.

4. Rule Breaking – There is no excuse for breaking any of the predetermined rules. If you are caught breaking a rule, you will lose your match. There is no lenience with regards to this. Break a rule, you lose. Period.

5. Reversing Rulings - No ruling will be retroactively overturned once the week following the week that the ruling has been made has ended. This includes: activity rulings / rulings based on rule breaking / anything else under the sun. I'm not going back in time to reevaluate every single decision I've made throughout the tournament on Week 9 because you think you were gypped 1-2 wins along the way and now they're the difference between you and a playoff spot. Any appeals to a ruling must be made during the week that the ruling is made; beyond that, all rulings are final once the week ends.
At the end of the league stages, there will be a knockout style playoffs involving the top 4 teams in the points. In the event of a tie in overall points standings, the following criteria is used for breaking ties.

• Overall Points >
• Battle Difference (total # battles won - total # battles lost) >
• Best of 3 - each team picks a unique tier with the winner of the Head to Head matchup picking second, then a tier voted on by the hosts is the 3rd game. In the event that the two teams tied in the Head to Head matchup, the team with better results against the higher seeds will pick second.

After the top 4 have been determined, each team will be seeded. The #1 seed will play the #4 seed, and the #2 seed will play the #3 seed. The victors of these matches will advance to the finals match. The winning team of this match will be declared the ultimate victors of the Pet Mods Premier League

League Stages & Playoffs

League Stages


Not all of the teams will qualify to play in the playoffs. Based on the results of the League stage, the top 4 teams will advance to the playoffs.

In the league stages, beating another team gives you 2 points, drawing the match gives you 1 point, and losing it gives you nothing. In addition, the manner in which you win will also be stored; that is, how many you won vs how many you lost. This difference will be used in case of a tie at the end of the league stage.

Playoffs

Based on the league stage, the top 4 teams will be seeded and placed into a bracket, in which they will go head to head. Teams will battle in the same format as during the league stage. At the end of all 8 battles, the team with more wins will advance to finals.

During the playoffs, to add to the epicness, and give some of the subs an extra opportunity to play, the higher seed in both matchups will get to pick a slot to double up on.

In the case of a tie in playoffs, the advancing team will be decided by a best of three - each team picks a unique tier with the higher seed picking second, then a tier voted on by the hosts is the 3rd game.

The tournament will progress in this format until there is only one team left standing, the champions of the Pet Mods Premier League II.

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This post marks the formal start to PMPL. Good luck and have fun!
 
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TTTech

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Since this thread is dryer than my snapchat DMs, I'll spice it up with a MBH pr for people that have no idea who to draft. I will not be ranking myself in this pr and rankings won't be in any particular order for each tier, maybe one of the below people can rank me instead. (MBH is pretty much a more balanced NDBH)

First lets start off with...

God Tier
Champion Leon - Draft this guy immediately, easily the best player out of us all. His sets literally shape the meta, nothing more needs to be said.

S Tier
Tea Guzzler - Former ndbh council member and has been playing mbh from what I know. Definitely a top pick because he actually has played mbh and is considered one of the best bh players in regular format.

Quantum Tesseract - QT is good at pretty much any om, went undefeated in last pmpl until finals. Usually builds standard stuff, but best believe they'll tryhard.

Quojova - Amazing player, I think I've seen him play a few ndbh games? Can't remember, but quo is definitely one of the best players in the pool because his playing ability is higher compared to others.

A Tier
Chessking345 - This guy will be adamant that kyogre is viable, but all bh mains know the truth. Anyway, can't go wrong with picking this guy since he's played a lot of gen 7 and 9 bh. Also has been active in the mbh thread. Shouldn't be too much of a difference for him.

Augustakira - Good player and has the ability to build with unorthodox mons and leave opponents confused at how they lost to a brute bonnet in bh.

Onyx Onix 7 - In my opinion, one of the best ndbh players. Unique teams and gimmick sets that actually work in tours, only problem is that his team tour record isn't that amazing. Can easily support the bh slot or start.

B Tier
Zastra - Never seen them play ndbh and I've only ever seen 1 post from them about ndbh. Who knows, they might surprise me, but against experienced veterans? Chances look slim they'll perform super well in a stacked bh roster like this. Could be a support slot.

C Tier
Everyone else

This concludes my MBH pr, hopefully this helps managers with who to draft. Will edit pr if anyone else notable signs up for the mbh slot.
 

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Since this thread is dryer than my snapchat DMs, I'll spice it up with a MBH pr for people that have no idea who to draft. I will not be ranking myself in this pr and rankings won't be in any particular order for each tier, maybe one of the below people can rank me instead. (MBH is pretty much a more balanced NDBH)

First lets start off with...

God Tier
Champion Leon - Draft this guy immediately, easily the best player out of us all. His sets literally shape the meta, nothing more needs to be said.

S Tier
Tea Guzzler - Former ndbh council member and has been playing mbh from what I know. Definitely a top pick because he actually has played mbh and is considered one of the best bh players in regular format.

Quantum Tesseract - QT is good at pretty much any om, went undefeated in last pmpl until finals. Usually builds standard stuff, but best believe they'll tryhard.

Quojova - Amazing player, I think I've seen him play a few ndbh games? Can't remember, but quo is definitely one of the best players in the pool because his playing ability is higher compared to others.

A Tier
Chessking345 - This guy will be adamant that kyogre is viable, but all bh mains know the truth. Anyway, can't go wrong with picking this guy since he's played a lot of gen 7 and 9 bh. Also has been active in the mbh thread. Shouldn't be too much of a difference for him.

Augustakira - Good player and has the ability to build with unorthodox mons and leave opponents confused at how they lost to a brute bonnet in bh.

Onyx Onix 7 - In my opinion, one of the best ndbh players. Unique teams and gimmick sets that actually work in tours, only problem is that his team tour record isn't that amazing. Can easily support the bh slot or start.

B Tier
Zastra - Never seen them play ndbh and I've only ever seen 1 post from them about ndbh. Who knows, they might surprise me, but against experienced veterans? Chances look slim they'll perform super well in a stacked bh roster like this. Could be a support slot.

C Tier
Everyone else

This concludes my MBH pr, hopefully this helps managers with who to draft. Will edit pr if anyone else notable signs up for the mbh slot.
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Yoshiblaze

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Hello!

As you know, JolteMons returns as one of the Pet Mods featured in this year Pet Mods Premier League! Judging from the sign-ups thread, a lot of you appear to be at least a little familiar with JolteMons, whether it's through its Randbats' extended stay on the main server, the last PMPL, or playing it during its prime. Plus, JolteMons is one of the easier Pet Mods to learn due to its similarities to Gen 8 National Dex.

However, since JolteMons' resources are stuck in the Gen 8 Pet Mods subforum, resources may be hard to find and can't be updated. Thus, I wanna use this post to link some particularly important JolteMons resources so you don't have to go digging for them + give you guys a couple updated sample teams!

JolteMons Resources
Discord - All resources can also be found here, whether its through the #resources channel where the vast majority of them are, or going through logs.
Viability Rankings (& Sample Sets)
OU Role Compendium
OU Speed Tiers
Victim of the Week Archive - While our Victim of the Week project only lasted 2 weeks, reading through all the submissions can still give you valuable in sight on the roles that certain Pokemon serve, why they run certain moves, EV spreads, and more.
PMPL I Coverage (W1, W2, W3, W4, W5, Semis, Finals) - Gives Analysis of JolteMons games from every week of PMPL I, including some team ideas that you could use. Games from Week 4 and beyond reflect a very similar metagame to what we currently have, with just a couple changes, the most notable one being that Mega Metagross was unbanned via suspect test.
Articles (NatDex Ubers in JolteMons, Top 10 Titans, Slate 1 Retrospective) - The articles I wrote were more about history than being resources, but they could still help you a little, especially the first two.
Spreadsheet - Everything about JolteMons is in here, but looking at it all at once can be overwhelming, so I recommend using the other resources more.

JolteMons OU Sample Teams
Older Sample Teams can be found in the JolteMons thread HERE. Below I've included a couple good teams that were publicly shared from the last PMPL, as well as a team featuring Mega Metagross, the most relevant meta change after PMPL I ended. I'll update this with any more sample teams that we make before the tournament starts

:tapu koko::medicham-mega::moltres-galar::heatran::wishiwashi-school::ferrothorn: - KokoCham Balance by Xrn (Used in PMPL I Semi-Finals)
:ninetales-alola::arctozolt::diancie-mega::rotom-wash::corviknight::landorus-therian:- Hail by dex (Used in PMPL I, Edited to replace a nerfed mon)
:pelipper::charizard-mega-y::tyranitar::excadrill::darmanitan-galar-zen::samurott: - AVATAR by dex (Used in PMPL I)
:kyurem::heatran::gliscor::slowbro::metagross-mega::tapu koko:- Kyurem + MegaGross Balance by Yoshiblaze
:keldeo-resolute::venusaur::moltres-galar::torkoal::garchomp-mega::blaziken: - Pollyanna (Blaziken Sun) by Yoshiblaze

That's all for now, but I'll try to do what I did last PMPL and provide JolteMons-related analysis each week, so look out for that!
 
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How Think-A-Ton lookin rollin up to buy each of our members:
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If we wanted someone, we threw the dosh around for it.

Stats for nerds:
earl 16500
ViZar 17000
DkKoba 13000
bynum 13000
eshe0 3000 (no one upbid us)
hematemesis 6000
scorbunnys 3000 (no one upbid us)
RealJester 27000 (highest priced player)
ChessKing345 6500 (literally the last of our funds)

What's particularly sad is we weren't able to grab too many new folks for our team! I really wanted to snag up Z Strats and the like, we got the crew we wanted but there are some cool folks that were on the wishlist...

By the way our discord is open and free to any non-members at this time, pop in for some matches, discussion, or good vibes, and best of luck everyone! Honestly these teams are stacked, can't wait to see the matches put on display in the coming weeks.
Edit: Now including stats for nerds!
 
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